Well we have had the mid season break now and it's back to business for the J&S sponsored riders, but it's not all racing and nice hotels or fancy motorhomes. I've been lucky enough to catch up with a few of them to find out what they have been up to since the last round at Oulton park.
A few of our riders have been busy working full time jobs, yes that's right, these guys have been hard at work. It's not just a case of turn up on a Friday for practise race on Sunday and the go home and put the feet up and wait for the next round.
For instance Andy Reid is a keen tattoo artist back home in Northern Ireland and has no doubt been working hard, also he's been working on his own merchandise line, such as posters and stickers and graphics.
Both Ross Twyman and Joe Collier were out at the NW200 races supporting the EHA race team as they had Alastair Seeley racing one of the Supersport 600 machines.
Ross has also been out about climbing some serious big hills to gain some fitness training whilst not being able to race.
Billy McConnell was one of the lucky few soaking up the atmosphere and action out in the Isle of Man during race week.
Luckily enough Gino Rea has been able to get some track time but in various different ways, here's what Gino has had to say about what he's been up to during the time off since the last round of the BSB championship.
"I'm really looking forward to getting back on track with OMG Racing this weekend at Snetterton. Although the break for BSB has been really long, we've kept ourselves busy and we had a great time as a wildcard at the Donington World SBK round. We learnt a lot there and I feel that the step forward we made with our base set up should transfer over to other circuits.
We went pretty fast at the Snetterton BSB test, finishing in the top 5 and I believe our package has improved since then so hopefully that will show this weekend. I really like the Snetterton circuit too, it was another new one for me this year but I took to it quite well... it was a little easier to learn than Oulton that's for sure!
Since then I have actually been really busy, I am a riding coach and provide one-to-one tuition so I have been hard at work on trackdays in the UK and also in Spain!
The OMG Racing team are doing a great job to continue development with our Suzuki GSX-R1000 and we have a few things to try at Snetterton which I'm really looking forward to. I can't wait to get there!."
Jamie Perrin on the other hand doesn't have everything his own way as he explains below.
“I'm in a bit of a bad situation on the build up to the next round at Snetterton because I crashed at the test a couple of weeks ago and broke my foot. So my break has been spent trying to get healed up by using laser treatment and the hyperbaric chamber.
I'm hoping to be fit enough to race at Snetterton but at the minute I'll just be going out in practise before I can see for sure if I can compete properly over the weekend.
But if I do get going I usually go pretty good at Snetterton and got a good result here last year so would like to build on that and get back on the podium.”
So that's a bit of a insight into the life of a rider without racing each weekend. No doubt that there is much more that goes on behind the scenes. But it's just a small glimpse into what the guys do during the down time between races. Hopefully I will be able to bring you more information as the season goes on.
But the circus rolls onto Snetterton this weekend with a action packed weekend in store. Fingers crossed for some more beautiful weather and some excellent racing. Best of luck to all the J&S riders and you will be able to read up on all the weekends action in my next blog.
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